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The Youth Media Workshop invited independent filmmaker, Byron Hurt, to show his film “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” and discuss the ideas in it at a public forum, March 13, 2007 at the Spurlock Museum on the campus of the University of Illinois. A standing-room-only crowd packed the auditorium to watch the film and join in a panel discussion featuring Mr. Hurt, Aisha Durham, hip-hop feminist; Brian Mitchell, Youth Media Workshop participant; Gabby Ceasar, Youth Media Workshop participant; Sara Clark Kaplan, assistant professor in the African American Studies and Research Program at the University of Illinois and Twick G, Champaign hip-hop artist. The panel was moderated by William Patterson, assoc. director of the African American Cultural Center and co-director of the Youth Media Workshop. The event was videotaped by Youth Media Workshop participants and made into a local program broadcast on WILL-TV May 25, 2007.